Zion National Park

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Zion National Park,

146,592 acres (59,349 hectares), SW Utah. First proclaimed a national monument in 1909, it was enlarged several times and established as a national park in 1919. The park is noted for its many scenic trails and its vividly colored cliffs, rock formations, and deep canyons. The fingerlike, box-shaped Koblob Canyons have sheer 1,500-ft (457-m) walls. Zion Canyon, the park's main attraction, is a 15-mi (24-km) long, 0.5-mi (0.8-km) deep, multicolored gorge cut by the Virgin River. Vegetation in the park ranges from desert type in the canyons to forests on the mesas. Small animals thrive in the area, and mule deer are common. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

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Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Zion National Park

Address:SR 9
Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:435-772-3256
Fax:435-772-3426
Web: www.nps.gov/zion/
Size: 146,598 acres.
Established: Mukuntuweap National Monument proclaimed on July 31, 1909; incorporated in Zion National Monument by proclamation on March 18, 1918. Established as national park on November 19, 1919.
Location:In southwestern Utah. The Visitor Center at the Kolob Canyons entrance is accessible from I-15, Exit 40. The eastern entrance to the park is from US-89 to UT 9. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is a short distance from the Park's South Entrance adjacent to Springdale.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, lodging, restaurant/snacks, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, mountain climbing, wildlife viewing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, tram tours, auto touring, ranger-led programs.
Special Features:Colorful canyon and mesa scenery includes erosion and rock-fault patterns that create phenomenal shapes and landscapes. This includes the world's largest arch - Kolob Arch spanning 310 feet - and other natural wonders such as waterfalls and clear backcountry pools. The elevation differences at Zion provide habitat for extremely diverse plant communities. Evidence of Ancestrial Puebloans, known as the Anasazi, date from 2,000 years ago.

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Here, long lines of visitors stretch from the Zion Canyon Shuttle in Utah's Zion National Park, at the Temple of Sinawava in August 2015.
Starting April 29, 2017, both the Zion Human History Museum and Zion Canyon Visitor Center will remain open daily until 6:00 p.
Zion Canyon was a different story: no cougars, no aster and cardinal flowers, and only one toad compared to the 150 they found in the backcountry.
The entire Narrows section of Zion Canyon is 16 miles long and it's a 10- to 12-hour hike if you try to do it in one day.
The drive to the bottom of the canyon is an almost endless series of switchbacks, with one last sharp curve after crossing the bridge over the Virgin River and the junction to Zion Canyon.
2-mile stretch of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive from April through October, when the majority of the park's visitors venture here.
Nestled among these awe-inspiring formations is Zion Canyon, an oasis where forests of box elders and cottonwoods line the hanks of the Virgin River and stunning waterfalls cascade over the ubiquitous red rock, its 800-metre walls echoing to the sound of running water.
Without active intervention," the report states, "the magnificent canopy of cottonwood trees, part of the historic landscape within Zion Canyon, will vanish.
Last May, Zion National Park in Utah initiated a mandatory shuttle bus transportation system for visitors to Zion Canyon, greatly reducing auto access to the most scenic portions of one of America's most prized national parks.
On the night of April 12, 1995, the North Fork of the Virgin River, swelling with spring runoff, touched off a massive landslide on the rain-saturated west slope of Zion Canyon.
Since only shuttle buses are allowed on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive through October, check out Kolob Canyons.

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